Cincinnati has an amazing arts community. For a city of our size, we can experience the opera, symphony, ballet, theater, museums, choral music, modern dance and a variety of other art forms. We are also very fortunate that African-American artists routinely display their talents right here in the Queen City.
Cincy Arts Guide provides detailed listings on performances, exhibitions, classes, fundraisers and other arts events from arts organizations across the region.
Here is a list of upcoming events that local African-Americans will not want to miss. Be sure to ask about any special deals, discount options, community performances or same-day options. If there are events we have missed, please submit them to The Voice of Black Cincinnati Calendar.
August 11 – 26
The Carnegie is kicking off its 2018-19 Theatre season with flashy costumes, Motown music, and plenty of drama with the Tony Award-winning Dreamgirls Musical. Tickets are $23 – $30 and can be purchased online, by calling 859-957-1940 or visiting The Carnegie Box Office located at 1028 Scott Blvd, Covington, KY 41011 on Tuesdays through Fridays between 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings. Saturday showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. Sundays are 3:00 p.m.
G-Eazy’s Endless Summer Tour
Riverbend Music Center
G-Eazy’s Endless Summer Cincinnati Tour features new wave artists Lil Uzi Vert, Ty Dolla $ign, Ybn Nahmir, P-Lo and Murda Beatz. Prices start at $26.00 and can be purchased online or by calling 513-232-6220. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Riverbend Music Center gates will open 60–90 minutes prior to show time. Accepted items allowed on grounds include a sealed water bottle, blanket, binoculars, seat cushions and lawn chairs. For a full list, view General Policies.
Midpointe Crossing Lot
August 22 – September 3
UniverSoul Circus is a highly interactive combination of circus arts, theater, and music. Their show is fresh, funky, bold, fun, urban and challenges your imagination like no other circus. Tickets range from $20-$35 and can be purchased online. Use the code “FUN” at checkout to purchase any ticket for $17.50. Infants 11 months or younger are free but must sit on adult’s lap. Snag tickets for only $16 on Groupon.
Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown
Headlined by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, the touring street party also features Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and New Breed Brass Band, plus special guest appearances by Big Easy legends Cyril Neville, Ivan Neville, Kermit Ruffins, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, and more. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, February 20. They can be purchased online or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Doors open at 6 p.m.
D.L. Hughley Comedy Show
Liberty Funny Bone
September 7 – 8
Now is your chance to see actor, political commentator, radio host and stand-up comedian D. L. Hughley live! Tickets are $35 general admission and $70 VIP (plus applicable fees). Purchase online or by calling 513-779-5233. All shows are for ages 21 and over.
Gary Clark Jr. Concert
The revelation that is the Austin-born virtuoso guitarist, vocalist and songwriter finds him just as much an amalgamation of his myriad influences and inspirations. Tickets for this event are $39.50 – $64.50 and can be purchased online, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or visiting the Taft Theatre Box Office.
Sisters United – It’s Our Time Tour
Duke Energy Convention Center
Come hear vocal powerhouses from all different genres. Sway to RnB singers Stephanie Mills, Avery Sunshine and Chante Moore. Shout out a prayer with Gospel artist Yolanda Adams. Last but certainly not least, throw your hands up for Hip Hop pioneer MC Lyte. Ticket prices are $47.50, $57.50 and $67.50. Tickets can be purchased online, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. The show starts at 7 p.m. Groupon currently has discount tickets available.
I Love The 90s Tour
US Bank Arena
Work on perfecting your favorite 90’s dance because Salt N Pepa, All 4 One, Kid n Play, Montell Jordan, Young MC, and Rob Base are performing just for you. Tickets prices range from $36.50 – $240 and are available for purchase online, by calling 513-421-4111 or visiting the U.S. Bank Arena Box Office. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Save 25% by entering the keyword ‘SALT’ at checkout. Offer is valid until August 10th.
4U – A symphonic Celebration of Prince Tour
Live Nation Urban and TCG Entertainment will create and tour the first and only official estate-approved symphonic Prince celebration, the 4U- A Symphonic Celebration of Prince tour. This Prince Cincinnati tribute will feature a live band with world-class musicians and vocalists who will perform alongside the orchestra. Also, Questlove, an avid Prince fan, has helped curate the music and orchestral arrangements that will be played by the symphony. Tickets are $30 – $99.50 (plus applicable fees) and can be purchased online, by calling 1-800-745-300 or visiting the Taft Theatre Box Office. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.
U.S. Bank Arena
There is no better combination of your favorite trap music rapper and pop-trap rapper. Nicki Minaj and Future are hitting the road and making a stop right here in the Queen City for their NickiHndrxx Cincinnati Tour! These two already have plenty of songs together like You Da Baddest, Tapout and Do You Mind. Tickets prices range between $56 – $157 and can be purchased online. Presale tickets are available now if you are a Citi Cardmember. General public tickets go on sale Friday, July 15 at 10 a.m.
An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas Experience
December 5 – 7
Warm up your holiday season with the Artists Lounge Live production of An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas starring Evan Tyrone Martin. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $60 and go on sale Friday, August 17 at 10:00 a.m. Purchase tickets online, by calling 513-621-5787 or visiting the Aronoff Center Box Office. Group discount tickets for ten or more are available by calling 513-977-4157.
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Marissa Staples, Writer
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